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  • Traveller Essentials - YourSingapore.com
    about travelling in Singapore here Essential information that will help you get around with ease All because we want nothing less than a smooth and pleasant Singapore vacation for you to enjoy YourSingapore Guide Mobile App Mobile App title YourSingapore Guide Mobile App class columnImage Everything to know about Singapore is just a touch away Right in your hands no matter where you are Find out more Visa Customs title Visa Customs class columnImage Important information about the Singapore visa Customs and Legal Regulations to help you enjoy a Find out more Tax Refund title Tax Refund class columnImage Enjoy shopping benefits that just get better Shop hassle free and tax free in Singapore Find out more General Travel Information title General Travel Information class columnImage Find out about the weather climate dos and don ts and exchange currency in Singapore Find out more Singlish Guide title Singlish Guide class columnImage Speak and understand the unofficial national language of Singapore Singlish Find out more Useful Links For more travel guides and related information on Singapore check out these other links Find out more Copyright 2010 Singapore Tourism Board All rights reserved Find us on Facebook Twitter Youtube Wikipedia Singapore Reviews

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  • Transport - YourSingapore.com
    is a breeze Find out more Flight Deals Book a flight to Singapore the hassle free way with accredited travel agents and airlines Find out more Copyright 2010 Singapore Tourism Board All rights reserved Find us on Facebook Twitter Youtube Wikipedia Singapore Reviews About Singapore YourSingapore Brand Story A Brief History People Language Culture Key Facts Awards Accolades What s On Festivals Events in Singapore See Do Arts Entertainment Culture

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  • YourSingapore Brand Story - YourSingapore.com
    and appeal she has to constantly evolve to present new and engaging travel experiences YourSingapore takes over from where Uniquely Singapore has left off The focus is visitor centricity meaning the experiences are made wholesome and personal drawing their allure from the breadth and richness of attractions many have grown to love here in Singapore Travellers will be enabled to design their own journeys ones they can call their very own Undoubtedly each account will be different but they will be personal and that is what will make them even more intriguing A multitude of stories told through the eyes of travellers from all over the world or sometimes even local residents Some intimate others adventurous But each remains personal and truly unique And that s how we want it to be for everyone Take your time to explore yoursingapore com and discover just what awaits you here With a slew of new lifestyle picks web tools recommendations and even a holiday planner at your fingertips you can decide how you want your Singapore holiday It s really easy and fun simply because vacations are supposed to be So what will your Singapore be We say make it your own

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  • A Brief History - YourSingapore.com
    realised the need for a port of call in the region British traders needed a strategic venue to refresh and protect the merchant fleet of the growing empire as well as forestall any advance made by the Dutch in the region The then Lieutenant Governor of Bencoolen now Bengkulu in Sumatra Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore on 29 January 1819 after a survey of the neighbouring islands Recognising the immense potential of the swamp covered island he helped negotiate a treaty with the local rulers establishing Singapore as a trading station Soon the island s policy of free trade attracted merchants from all over Asia and from as far away as the US and the Middle East In 1832 Singapore became the centre of government for the Straits Settlements of Penang Malacca and Singapore With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and the advent of the telegraph and steamship Singapore s importance as a centre of the expanding trade between the East and West increased tremendously By 1860 the thriving country had a population that had grown from a mere 150 in 1819 to 80 792 comprising mainly Chinese Indians and Malays But the peace and prosperity of the country suffered a major blow during World War II when it was attacked by the Japanese aircrafts on 8 December 1941 Once regarded as an impregnable fortress Singapore fell under the Japanese invasion on 15 February 1942 It remained occupied by the Japanese for the next three and half years a time marked by great oppression and an immense loss of lives When the Japanese surrendered in 1945 the island was handed over to the British Military Administration which remained in power until the dissolve of the Straits Settlement comprising Penang Melaka and Singapore In March 1946

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  • People, Language, Culture - YourSingapore.com
    Eurasians Peranakans and others making up a combined 3 2 Singapore is also home to many expatriates with almost 20 of them made up of non resident blue collar workers from the Philippines Indonesia and Bangladesh The rest of the expatriate population include white collar workers coming from countries as diverse as North America Australia Europe China and India As a reflection of its collage of cultures Singapore has adopted one representative language for each of the four major ethnic or racial groups The four official languages in Singapore s constitution are English Chinese Malay and Tamil However in recognition of the status of the Malay people as the indigenous community in Singapore the national language of the country is Bahasa Melayu or the Malay Language The presence of other languages especially the varieties of Malay and Chinese has obviously had an influence on the type of English that is used in Singapore The influence is especially apparent in informal English an English based creole that is commonly known as Singlish A badge of identity for many Singaporeans it represents a hybrid form of the language that includes words from Malay as well as Chinese and Indian languages Almost everyone in Singapore speaks more than one language with many people speaking as many as three or four Most children grow up bilingual from infancy learning other languages as they become older With the majority of the literate population bilingual English and Mandarin are the most commonly used languages in daily life While English is the main language taught in schools children also learn their mother tongues to ensure that they stay in touch with their traditional roots Among the different Chinese dialects Mandarin is promoted as the main language for the Chinese instead of others like Hokkien Teochew Cantonese Hakka

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  • Key Facts - YourSingapore.com
    infrastructure and favourable economic climate another factor for Singapore s rapid growth is due to a stable and competent ruling government Singapore is a parliamentary republic with a political system that s centred on democracy The current ruling party in government is The People s Action Party PAP which has dominated the political process since self government in 1959 At present Singapore s population stands at about five million people with English as the main language of instruction and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity One of the distinctly Singaporean things you ll notice on our island is a ubiquitous collage of cultures Coming together as a society and living in harmony there are four major races namely the Chinese majority Malay Indian and Eurasian Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture religion food and language Being a multi racial society Singapore is as diverse as it is cohesive With so much to see and do this is perhaps best experienced through your encounters with the locals And if you re feeling nostalgic and looking to discover old world charm you can explore and experience the island s key historical landmarks or memorials You can also embark on a heritage trail and enjoy the sights and sounds at various cultural precincts notably Chinatown Little India and Kampong Glam If you prefer the bright city lights and being amidst the hustle and bustle then you ll be delighted to know that there are numerous shopping malls museums and dining and entertainment hotspots to choose from Get into the thick of the shopping action at the iconic Orchard Road stretch or party the night away at the Clarke Quay or Boat Quay areas both of which offer a myriad selection of nightlife activities The

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  • Awards & Accolades - YourSingapore.com
    An award winning leisure destination Singapore has won multiple awards and accolades over the years and is a greatly lauded destination in Asia A highly regarded location in the leisure sector Singapore is a popular holiday destination that offers a myriad of attractions and locations to explore and discover for an enjoyable travel experience 2010 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Destination 2010 2009 Top In Asia and 10th Globally In The World Economic Forum s Travel Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009 2008 Singapore ranked top as Favourite Overseas City in Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2008 2007 Singapore ranked 4th in Euromonitor International s Top City Destinations 2007 TripAdvisor travellers voted Singapore a top World destination Copyright 2010 Singapore Tourism Board All rights reserved Find us on Facebook Twitter Youtube Wikipedia Singapore Reviews About Singapore YourSingapore Brand Story A Brief History People Language Culture Key Facts Awards Accolades What s On Festivals Events in Singapore See Do Arts Entertainment Culture Heritage Nature Wildlife Nightlife Sports Recreation Family Fun Things to do in Singapore Hip Hangouts Beauty Wellness Hands on Activities Leisure Cruises Your New Singapore Dining Cuisines of Singapore Singapore Signature Dishes Restaurants Famous Food Trails Famous Food Trails Shopping Shopping in Singapore

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  • Festivals & Events - YourSingapore.com
    Hungry Ghost Festival Mid Autumn Festival Mosaic Music Festival National Day Pongal River Hongbao Singapore Arts Festival Singapore Food Festival Singapore River Festival Thaipusam Vesak Day World Gourmet Summit ZoukOut What s On Tweet Festivals Events in Singapore Always something to see or do during Singapore Holidays Singapore is jam packed with lots of exciting programmes and our full events calendar proves just that From exhibitions and sporting events to musical performances and nightlife entertainment there s so much for you to choose from while enjoying your holidays in Singapore Notable annual events such as the Chingay Parade Mosaic Music Festival and F1 Singapore Grand Prix are always a hit while the annual Great Singapore Sale is another event that s popular with both locals and tourists With even more in store you ll simply be spoilt for choice Festivals Events Sort by Most Recent Most Viewed Alphabetical Order Copyright 2010 Singapore Tourism Board All rights reserved Find us on Facebook Twitter Youtube Wikipedia Singapore Reviews About Singapore YourSingapore Brand Story A Brief History People Language Culture Key Facts Awards Accolades What s On Festivals Events in Singapore See Do Arts Entertainment Culture Heritage Nature Wildlife Nightlife Sports Recreation Family

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